Commercial Space Law | L4631

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of legal principles and issues in international and domestic space law, with a focus on commercial space law. You will study issues of importance to the Colorado space industry. Those issues, however, touch everyone in the world. For example, we will evaluate issues relating to the use of GPS timing and location signals, remote sensing of the earth from space, and the use of satellite communication. These technologies and associated legal issues reach every country in the world. We start with a survey of the international laws that govern outer space activity. You will be introduced to space law treaties addressing the use of outer space for peaceful purposes, liability for damage caused by space objects, jurisdiction and control of space objects, the rescue and return of astronauts and space objects, property rights in space, and other matters. We will discuss the influence on space laws of cold war politics, developing versus developed country tensions, and the impact of sovereignty interests on technologies that can broadcast television signals direct to homes and extract information about a country’s natural resources – all from space. Then we will address U.S. space laws and regulations impacting space activities. Finally, the class will explore specific commercial space activities such as satellite communication, space stations, space tourism, space launches, remote sensing of the earth from space, and the financing and insuring of space activities.

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: 2
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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